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by everyone in the castro, opposite and adjacent to harvey's. i think it would set a wonderful example for future generations. that is what we should aspire to as far as public commitment, working within the public sphere, so i would certainly appreciate supervisor dufty for bringing this forward, and i would lend my name to supporting this. thank you. supervisor chu: thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. i have lived in san francisco for 58 years. i would like to thank supervisor dufty for bringing up this resolution. i had some experience dealing with jane warner, and i wanted to mention it here because i think it is something that shows her real character. i had talked with her different times on the phone, and even though i was an ordinary citizen, even though the two of
us had never met, she was so kind and gracious to spend time talking to me and trying to help me with advice as to the causes i was working here at city hall. she was very supportive and, obviously since we had never met, i did not even know that she was sick, but when i called her, she would take the time to speak with me, and she would always encouraged me not to get discouraged, no matter how much opposition i encountered in my dealings here at city hall. one of the things that impressed me was that even though she had adversary's against herself, she always gave me the impression that she believed so firmly in her room cause that she was willing to work endlessly to be successful -- even though she had adversaries. even though she was stricken, that did not discourage her as she got older, so that made a very good impression on me.
also, i was gratified to hear that she did get a commendation from the san francisco police department, and i think that her example should be an example for all persons in sfpd that the patrol specials and officers should be allies rather than kind of also, i did note, looking over the meeting agenda, the resolution was introduced roughly four months ago to this committee. i am kind of wondered what it took four months to have today's hearing. i thought i would bring that up because it caught my attention. i think we should remember. not only was she a fighter for her own cause, but she would
help regular citizens like myself, offer us encouragement, even though she was ill herself. i still keep plugging away in their memory. in fact, i am glad that this plaza may be named for her. it reminds me of when i was a high schooler. i used to stand on that same quarter. supervisor chu: thank you. any other members of the public of public to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. as far as the timing of the bill, usually, the legislation
is more complicated and these things to be worked out, sometimes it is a matter of the correct timing. supervisor dufty. supervisor dufty: it was important for me to have the neighborhood reflect on this. the last thing i would want to do is bring something forward presumptuous way without the neighborhood and then have jane's memory caught up in people being for or against. with so many diverse viewpoints, the fact that everybody has been so supportive of it is emblematic to why it is important that this plaza be named for jane. also, this week, they will be
having the castro street fair. this year, it will be dedicated in her memory, so with that, i would like to send this item for to the full board with recommendations. supervisor chu: supervisor avalos has seconded. without objection. >> item 4. ordinance amending the san francisco police code by amending section 1295 to exempt nonprofit organizations conducting educational tours from the requirement to obtain a guide permit. supervisor chu: thank you. mr. burns? >> i am here on behalf of supervisor alioto-pier, who is at a funeral and cannot be here. there is a section in the police could that requires everyone who conducts a tour in the city to get a permit. the police department had not been getting -- and forcing this
code section until recently. we received a number of complaints from organizations, that whenever taking classes around theithe city, they were expected to pay for both services. individuals acting on their behalf would have to prove that they have non-profit exempt status. we have been able to identify the architectural heritage in a number of other nonprofits as being some of the folks being caught up in this section. we would ask for your support of this moderate exemption so that these folks can continue to do their good work. supervisor chu: thank you. are there any members of the public who would like to speak on item number four? seeing none, public comment is closed. supervisor dufty: motion to
approve. supervisor chu: without objection. >> item 5. ordinance amending the san francisco health code by adding section 456.7 requiring the san francisco health department to declare one month out of the year "restaurant appreciation month" to honor certain local restaurants and to create an application and selection process to identify qualifying restaurants. supervisor chu: thank you very much. >> good morning, richard li, environmental health. we support this legislation as the main agency for restaurants. this is an opportunity to recognize our clients for leadership and innovation. we would like to work with the small business commission and supervisors to develop a criteria and selection process to determine which restaurants would get this recognition. some of the areas that we are considering to include for
leadership -- innovations in cuisine, environmental conservation and sustainability, use of local, regional food, improve food access in underserved communities, community work, and nutrition. since we do check for compliance, we want to make sure the restaurants that are being recognized are in compliance with our food safety regulations. labour code regulations and other laws. what we are thinking of doing is taking nominations for restaurants in these different categories and then recognizing approximately five of these restaurants in each category. then we would have a committee to make the final selection. then those selections would be given to the board for recognition. supervisor chu: supervisor
dufty? supervisor dufty: thank you for being here, mr. lee, on behalf of the bureau of environmental health management. we have heard support for this legislation. i just want to add, since supervisor alioto-pier cannot be here this morning, she asked that i offer some words in addition to the value of having restaurant appreciation month. i certainly think it gives all of us in our districts an opportunity to celebrate the importance that restaurants play to who we are, the identity of the city, a an attraction that an attraction that people from all over the world come to visit for. i think this is a good way to a acknowledge the work that restaurants have done for the city.
we established rating systems, a lot of requirements that they have met us on. i see that stephanie is here from supervisor alioto-pier's office. if you would like to add some words -- >> thank you, supervisor dufty. this is just supervisor alioto- pier's idea to recognize the restaurants and the vitality that they contribute to san francisco. it is a symbol ordinance. dph is thrilled to participate. it is quite simple, the criteria that will be developed. we look forward to developing the application process. supervisor chu: thank you. just a question from me to dph. i appreciate the sentiments of
restaurant appreciation month. it certainly adds a lot to the economy and many people from many places no of san francisco and they're wonderful restaurants. so i just wanted to ask how we are paying for this process. it is just one more thing on top of the work that you already do. help me understand how much work you anticipate running this award program, is it something where the benefits would outweigh the staff requirements to participate? >> i am not exactly sure what is in the ordinance, as far as support, but i do not think it will take a lot of time. essentially, we will probably just put something up that says, if you want to be nominated, fill out the application. then we would work with a committee to make a selection.
i do not see a whole lot of additional work. we may work with other agencies, maybe the golden gate restaurant association, but right now, i do not think it will take too many resources. >> we did ask about this to make sure that any cost could be absorbed. we are adamant about no extra fees to see that this can go forward. what we envision is what we do with small business month. the cost would be absorbed by the work that dph is doing, and they could work with the board of supervisors to provide an accommodation 330 special order, if the board sees fit. we do not see it in telling a lot of work. supervisor chu: thank you. do we have any members of the public who would like to speak on this item?
seeing none, public comment is closed. supervisor dufty: if i could make a motion to send this to the full board with recommendations. supervisor chu: i would be willing to do that if i could have dph follow up and share their plans with us. i know that they are taxed and have a lot of things to do. i just want to make sure that we are not adding on a lot of things to this. without objection. thanks. item 6? >> item 6. resolution authorizing the san francisco department of public health to accept and expend retroactively two grants (agreements nos. 10-0347 and 10- 153) totaling $128,916.32 from the california department of food and agriculture (cdfa) to fund the pierce's disease control program for the period of july 1, 2010, through june 30, 2012, and the organic program for the period of july 1, 2010, through june 30, 2011. supervisor chu: thank you.
>> good morning. you have before you two contracts from the department of agriculture. i am the agricultural commissioner of weights and measures. these are continuing contracts that we receive every year. the wind sharpshooter is a past that is extremely damaging to several types of crops, especially grapes. it devastated to machiavelli in 1986. obviously, we know that grapes are of major importance to the bay area. -- to macula -- temecula in 1986. the second contract that we
have is the organic contract. that is also an annual contract. we conduct spot inspections at farmers' markets and at the producers, and we also register and others, which we have two in san francisco. we will carry this out with current staff. there is no other staff that is hired to do the work. supervisor chu: pierce's disease is a kind of lyme disease spread by this insect. do we have any of those in san francisco, is this just a preventive, monitoring grant? >> we do not have any in san francisco. all plant material shipped into the county is treated at the origin, which, generally
speaking, would be in ventura or san diego county. they notify us when the shipments are arriving. we are also notified by the receiving handler and we will send an inspector out. supervisor chu: so this would allow the department to recover cost for that inspection work done at the supervisory level. >> yes. supervisor chu: any members of the public that would like to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. i move forward with recommendations. thank you. item seven. >> item 7. resolution authorizing the san francisco department of public health to accept and expend retroactively a grant from the united states department of health and human services in the amount of $631,739 to fund the project entitled "project for assistance in transition from
homelessness" for the period july 1, 2010, through june 30, 2011. supervisor chu: thank you. >> hello, i am a program manager with the san francisco department of public health, a better health services. i am here to present projects for assistance and transition from homelessness, known as the past grant. we have three recipients of the grant. it comes from the state of california. with this grant, we provide case management services. the grant is focused on people who are homeless and have mental health issues. with this grant, we provide
primary care, case management out reach, mental health services, substance abuse services. there is also assistance for clients to help with moving expenses, if they are going from homelessness into housing. also, money to prevent eviction. supervisor chu: it looks like for this grant it would require a matching fund level of about $210,000. do you know if the department has already included that in the budget? >> yes, we provided that through our contracts, and anything else could be made up through staff time. supervisor chu: thank you. any members of the public that public to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. supervisor dufty: i would like
to forward this with recommendations. supervisor chu: without objection. item eight. >> item 8. resolution authorizing the san francisco department of public health to accept and expend retroactively a grant in the amount of $49,995 from the bay area air quality management district, to support a project entitled "community risk reduction plan" for the period of july 1, 2010, through december 30, 2011. supervisor chu: thank you. >> good morning. tom rivard, department of public health. this morning we are asking you to allow the department to except funding from barrier air quality management district for the purpose of developing the modeling aspect of a community risk reduction plan for san francisco. the money will specifically be used to develop exposure condors
for all of san francisco around a variety of mobile and point source of air quality emission sources, and to integrate that into an analysis of potential health risks, health outcomes, specifically try to identify areas where we would consider hot spots, areas within a community that would be considered hot spots, where we could craft mitigation or strategies to improve the air quality exposures for existing population as well as protect new residents in newly developed communities, newly developed residential facilities throughout san francisco. this process is part of the air district's more recent air
quality guidelines and air quality threshold that were released earlier in the year. it is more of a san francisco specific guideline that was established for the region so that we could identify our specific, unique problems and cultivate unique strategies to improve air quality exposure and to improve health outcomes. supervisor chu: thank you. what are some of the areas in san francisco that would be considered hot spots, does 19th avenue come across as one of them? >> 19th avenue -- parts of it are undoubtedly going to be parts of concern. 19th avenue and judah with the filling stations, high traffic volumes --fueling stations, high
traffic volumes, homes that face the fueling stations, will probably be at some risk. supervisor chu: is it primarily the fueling station or the amount of traffic? there are about 80,000 cars that pass through on any given day. what has been some of the work -- maybe this is just a question offline. i would be interested to see some of the efforts around 19th ave. >> we have done something for the park merced initiatives. i think when we are completed, looking and diesel particular matter, looking at a cumulative risks with other chemical exposures, like benzene, other chemicals from fueling stations, we will see that those
risks extend to multiple dwellings off of 19. the problem pretty much dropped off within 300 feet. 500 feet for sure. 19th avenue is a problem. when you drive down the street and you see the particular matter, on the face of the buildings, it is fairly evident that all that traffic has exposure problem with consequential help involvement. supervisor chu: what are some of the mitigation that could be used for a location like 19th avenue? >> 19th avenue is a very challenged location. the only thing that occurs to me is more aggressive tree planting, specific types that may not down particulate matter.
obviously, reducing the amount of traffic, which would be tough. there are some parts of the city that are more difficult than others. for new construction, we might want to discourage new construction, or set it back from the edge of the sidewalk. sometimes even an additional 20, 30 feet will result in some improvement. i cannot imagine a sound wall on 19th avenue, but something like that could be helpful. for example, on the excelsior along 280, you could have some sound walls, sharif, trees that would knock down the particular matter, and toward some of the chemicals loss from automobiles. -- absorb the chemicals from
automobiles. also keeping trucks off of 19th, trying to keep them on 101, 280 would certainly be a good idea. trucks that close to residents results in fairly aggressive exposures. supervisor chu: thank you. any member of the public that would like to speak on this item? the seeing none, public item is closed. did you want to say something? >> i strongly support you excepting this grant. the board passed the seqa guidance earlier this year looking at impacts of toxins. the reason we went ahead with a community reduction plan was to look at more city-wide exposures, rather than at night
project by project basis. that is what tom was saying. it gives you the chance to look at the majority of forces in a community. much of that is roadway traffic. it allows you to understand what would be appropriate medications that the city could pass that could be local ordinance. it also allows tearing off of the community risk reduction planned. if you have a project that is complied with the plan, you would not be required to do another analysis. so it has benefits for local businesses as well. we are also offering this grant to san jose and other communities that have been identified as impacted, which includes oakland, richmond, alameda county. many of these places where you already know has these air impacts. i urge you to support this grant. >> thank you. any other members of the public?